Recipes

Warm Weather Mocktails: Tropical Refresher

Author: Stephanie Brubaker

tropical refresher mocktail - stephanie brubaker : stephmodo Welcome to a three-week series on delicious “mocktails” you can easily make at home…no mixology experience required!  All you need are quality juices, fresh herbs and a few beautiful, glass bottles with pretty tops.  I purchased mine at IKEA (they are pictured above) and have been quite pleased so far (note: these recipes are made for this size bottle so use this as an excuse to stock up!).  Also, I recently discovered that many of the juices at Trader Joe’s are not only cost effective, but high quality as well.  The 100% pineapple juice can’t be beat, nor can the $2 orange juice; both found in the refrigerated section.  In fact, all of the ingredients in this recipe can be purchased at TJ’s, making it a one-stop shop. One of my favorites in this series is this Tropical Refresher.  The mint adds a nice kick, which makes me crave Summertime.  This year, I would be a-okay with skipping Spring, in order to jump right into warm weather and cool drinks.  In the meantime, I will be making this again soon to tide myself over.  Enjoy! Continue reading “Warm Weather Mocktails: Tropical Refresher” »

recipe: cinnamon chip cookies

Author: Deborah Harroun

Cinnamon Chip Cookies I am a sucker for cinnamon chips. I like chocolate, but anytime I can find an excuse to use cinnamon chips, I’m there!! I also love cookies, and I love having cookies on hand for my family, so of course I love to combine the two!! Continue reading “recipe: cinnamon chip cookies” »

10 Must Make Cauliflower Recipes

Author: Maria_Lichty

Roasted-Cauliflower-Pasta-1 Cauliflower is all the rage right now. Cauliflower recipes are popping up everywhere! I am happy about that because cauliflower is one of my very favorite vegetables. If you want to join the cauliflower club, you’ve come to the right place because today I am sharing 10 MUST MAKE cauliflower recipes. Cauliflower is so versatile, you can enjoy it in so many different ways! Continue reading “10 Must Make Cauliflower Recipes” »

Buttermilk Cornbread

Author: Deborah Harroun

Buttermilk Cornbread I hate having ingredients go to waste, so I always love being able to make something that uses up extra ingredients and tastes amazing. This cornbread is so flavorful and tender and goes perfectly with a bowl of chili or soup. It just may be my new go-to cornbread!! Buttermilk Cornbread 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter 2/3 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 cup buttermilk 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup cornmeal 1 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup corn Preheat the oven to 350F. Place 1 tablespoon of butter in a 9 to 12-inch cast iron skillet. Place the skillet in the oven to heat up while you prepare the cornbread. Melt the butter and place in a large bowl. Add the sugar and still well. Add the eggs and quickly stir until completely combined. Stir in the buttermilk and baking soda. Add the cornmeal, flour and salt and stir until almost smooth. Fold in the corn Remove the pan from the oven and pour the batter in. Return to the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

White Chocolate Oreo Brownie Bites

Author: Maria_Lichty

IMG_6222 Brownies are one of my all-time favorite desserts. I can never turn down a rich fudgy brownie. If you are looking for a fun dessert to serve at parties or you just need a fun little treat, you have to try my White Chocolate Oreo Brownie Bites. They are easy to make and fun to eat! I bake the brownies in a mini muffin tin. I love mini desserts! They are super cute! When the brownies are done baking I dip the tops in melted white chocolate and sprinkle crushed Oreo cookies on top! They are the perfect bite size treat! Continue reading “White Chocolate Oreo Brownie Bites” »

recipe: chocolate chunk muffins

Author: Deborah Harroun

Chocolate Chunk Muffins I don’t know about you, but I can never have too many muffin recipes. While we have our favorites, I’m always looking for ways to change our breakfast routine up, and since muffins are so easy, I’m always trying new flavors and combinations. And since you can never really go wrong with chocolate for breakfast, I give you chocolate chunk muffins. These could easily be made with chocolate chips instead of the chocolate chunks, but I loved the big, gooey pockets of melted chocolate. And I love the cinnamon in these – I think that cinnamon and chocolate were made for each other!! Continue reading “recipe: chocolate chunk muffins” »

Southwest Chicken Sandwiches

Author: Deborah Harroun

Southwest Chicken Sandwiches I like to devote one day a week to sandwich night because I love them so much and because they are usually an easy dinner idea. I love southwest flavors, so one night for sandwich night, these sandwiches were born. These sandwiches are made even easier if you have some leftover chicken on hand. With the chicken already made, you only have 15 minutes of prep time, and dinner will be on the table in less than 30 minutes! Continue reading “Southwest Chicken Sandwiches” »

Favorite Dinner Salads (that Won’t Leave you Hungry!)

Author: Stephanie Brubaker

stephanie brubaker - chinese chicken salad While I enjoy eating salad and try to serve one every night for my family, it’s typically not the only thing on the menu.  Rather, I enjoy salad as more of a side show, not so much a main course.  I suppose this is because I am typically still hungry after meals which only consist of just a salad.  However, there are five salads on rotation in my household that are hearty enough to count as main courses, dinner salads, if you will.  Each one calls for protein of some kind, so you can count on feeling satisfied after consuming all those leafy greens.  As an added bonus, most of these dinner salad recipes are kid-friendly! Continue reading “Favorite Dinner Salads (that Won’t Leave you Hungry!)” »

30 Smoothie Recipes

Author: Deborah Harroun

smoothie-round-up We are more than halfway through January – how are your New Year’s resolutions holding up?? I don’t know about you, but if I don’t start my day off on the right foot, it’s hard to keep on track with eating well all day long. I didn’t make and grand resolutions this year, but I am trying to be healthier, and I know breakfast is key in keeping it healthy. Continue reading “30 Smoothie Recipes” »

Pistachio, Cranberry and Milk Chocolate Bark

Author: Maria_Lichty

chocolate-bark-1 I absolutely love this time of year; and one tradition that I never skip is making chocolate bark to help celebrate the holidays and bring in the New Year. Chocolate bark is one of the easiest, prettiest and tastiest holiday desserts that you can make. The recipe I am sharing today is not only simple and elegant but is a quick 3 ingredient, no bake dessert. Since it is so simple it’s a fantastic recipe to have your little ones assist with and is one that my son now loves helping me with as much as he loves tasting it.   One of the reasons making chocolate bark is so fun to make is that the possibilities are endless.  You can use whatever flavor chocolate you like and top it with just about anything that pleases your pallet. Melt your chocolate, sprinkle it with some goodies and the only thing left to do is wait for it to dry. Couldn’t be much easier and produce more gratifying results. Continue reading “Pistachio, Cranberry and Milk Chocolate Bark” »